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Senior Practitioner PAKT - Stronger Families/Families First

Advertiser: Uniting Victoria and Tasmania3.6 out of 53.6 overall rating (28 employee reviews) More jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
6 Jul 2018
Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Community Services & Development, Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services

Senior Practitioner PAKT - Stronger Families / Families First

About Uniting
At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

We are proud to have been part of local communities for over 100 years delivering services across Victoria and Tasmania. With a team of 7,000 skilled and committed individuals we provide over 770 programs and services to people of all ages to learn, thrive and enjoy a healthy, happy life. We’re there for children, families, people with disability, older people and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.

Uniting is looking for great people who, like us, celebrate diversity and welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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About the opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Practitioner to join our Stronger Families program,  integrated with the following DHHS funded programs:  Families First, Youth Counselling.

Stronger Families provides a therapeutic model of assessment, intervention, case management support to enable children and young people at imminent risk of being placed in care for the first time to remain at home, or to reunify families when safe to do so. 

The role will involve carrying a caseload of families inclusive of the following service types: Families First, Stronger Families and/or Youth counselling families at any one time, either individually or co-working with colleagues. Opportunity may also exist to provide support, mentoring and some supervision of other team members.

Utilising outreach, actively engaging parents, children, young people and their families, to undertake ongoing holistic assessments and interventions, identifying strengths and risks in line with the Best Interests Case Practice Framework and other relevant professional frameworks to achieve best practice outcomes is a key component in this role.

About you

We would love to hear from you if you have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualifications in Social Work or equivalent including Psychology, Family Therapy, Youth or Early Childhood Development
  • At least 3 years’ experience is preferred including experience working with children and young people at risk and vulnerable families.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in working with disempowered and vulnerable families, including capacity to engage clients and establish effective helping relationships,
  • Work with clients to bring about change and an understanding of the issues involved in casework with children, young people and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal families.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of relevant intervention strategies and frameworks,
  • Demonstrated ability to meet timelines, targets and other key deliverables with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and report writing skills are essential.

How to apply

If this sounds like you and you would like more information, go to for a copy of the Position Description.  When applying, please include a one page cover letter outlining your suitability and attach a current resume of no more than 3 pages. Contact for the Key Selection Criteria document you will also need to respond to.

Please send your application to Ros Lowe, email:

Applications close:  Wednesday 25th July 2018

Get in touch


T: 8470 5000 to speak with Amie Turner or email

As a 'child safe' organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

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